Monochromatic downs Alexachase to score

03:44 AM 19 Feb 2013 NZDT
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McSauna (4) and Tim Tetrick Monochromatic (3) and Corey Callahan
McSauna (4) and Tim Tetrick - hold off the challenge of Lorrie Please (8) to win in 1:51.2
Monochromatic (3) and Corey Callahan - get the better of Alexachase (5) and Bret Brittingham.

For the fifth time this meet, Monochromatic scored a victory in the week's top female harness racing event, the $23,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on Monday, Feb. 21 at Dover Downs. Monochromatic turned in a gutty effort holding off fast-finishing Alexachase in 1:52 in the feature race.

Corey Callahan picked up his third of four wins driving the Dream Away-Miss Ty eight-year-old owned by North State Street Stable of Dover, Del. Alexachase, handled by Bret Brittingham, closed from last heading to the three quarters and was able to escape from behind a wall of mares in mid-stretch to within a neck of the winner at the wire.

Southwind Jazmin and Tim Tetrick was the third finisher. Monochromatic, trained by Dylan Davis, has won three of her six starts this year earning $41,600 and $593,670 lifetime.

In the $26.000 Mares Winners-Over sub-feature; Tim Tetrick took the passing lane to catch 26-1 shot Lorrie Please in the closing strides for a 1:51.2 lifetime mark. It was the second win in-a-row for the McArdle-Steamy Place four-year-old owned by Tom Tetrick. Lorrie Please (Eric Carlson) finished second in front of Ryder Blue Chip (Daryl Bier).

Jim Morand guided Gary Calloway and Nanticoke Racing's The Face Of Love to his second straight win taking the $15,500 Mares 4&5-Year-Old pace with a 1:53 effort. Save Your Best (Tony Morgan) and Taylor B Swift (Corey Callahan) were second and third respectively.

Jeff Gesek and Alvin Stafford's Thundernlightning gave trainer Ben Stafford and driver Ben Stafford Jr. their second win posting a 1:54 triumph in a $15,000 Filly and Mare 3,4&5-Year-Old pace. Stealin The Show (Eric Carlson) was a close second with Sea Cruise Hanover (Ron Pierce) third.

The sports leading driver Corey Callahan had a four-bagger. Tim Tetrick, Ben Stafford Jr., and trainers Jim King, Mike Hall and Ben Stafford had two winners each,

Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday. Saturday and Sunday racing begins at 1 p.m.

There is no charge for parking or for admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant, call 302-674-4600.

by Marv BACHRAD

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